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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Display Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $705
This collection of diverse nineteenth-century baseball items is comprised of card issues, scorecards, and one scarce piece that is not easily categorized. While most of these pieces are familiar to most collectors, they are presented here in a new light in that each has been elegantly framed and makes for a highly attractive wall display, as has been their function in the home of our consignor for the past 30+ years. 1-2) Two 1888 A16 Allen & Ginter World's Champions Album Pages. Ideally, the two pages offered here feature illustrations of seven of the ten baseball-player cards issued in the fifty-card set: Mike Kelly, Cap Anson, Tim Keefe, Charles Bennett, Jack Glasscock, Charles Comiskey, and Joseph Mulvey. The other card pictured is that of billiards player J. Schaefer. Both album pages (5.5 x 7.25 inches) are in apparent Near-Mint condition and have been matted and framed together to total dimensions of 17 x 12 inches. 3) 1896 H818 Spalding Die-Cut Advertising Standup Baseball Figure. Issued by Koerner & Hayes of Buffalo, New York, this baseball player standup is one of five die-cuts issued in the set, with the other four representing the sports of football, golf, tennis, and cycling, respectively. The die-cut (approximately 3 x 5.5 inches) is in apparent Near-Mint condition; however, since it is framed, we cannot state whether or not the original stand-up tab is included on the reverse. Mounted (most likely by a form of adhesive) and framed to total dimensions of 6.25 x 8.75 inches). 4) Circa Late 1880s Generic Baseball Scorecard. This scorecard (2.75 x 5 inches) is generally considered one in a set of four similarly designed scorecards from the era. The offered example features a generic illustration of a player on the cover along with the descriptive title "Two Out, Two Strikes & Three On Bases.” The phrase "Base Ball Benefit" is printed along the top of the cover. The interior has not been examined, but the cover displays an Excellent to Mint appearance. Mounted (most likely by a form of adhesive) and framed to total dimensions of 7 x 9 inches. 5) Circa 1850s "Reward of Merit" Baseball Certificate. The certificate (6.5 x 3 inches), which is printed on paper stock, features a large color illustration of boys playing an early form of baseball (bat resembles a cricket bat) and bears both the name of the student and teacher written in pencil along the base. In apparent Very Good to Excellent condition. Mounted (most likely by a form of adhesive) and framed to total dimensions of 10.5 x 7 inches. 6) Circa 1870 Baseball Party Favor. The cone-shaped paper item features an illustration of a period pitcher, above which is the caption "Positive Delivery." The Name "Walter A. Wood" appears along the design vignettes on the bottom, as do the initials "WAW." It is evident that the piece (4.5 x 6 inches) is layered and unfolds, so it may be a party hat or a disposable container of some sort, possibly for peanuts or popcorn. In apparent Excellent condition. Mounted (most likely by a form of adhesive) and framed to total dimensions of 7 x 9 inches. Total: 6 items. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $705
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